Expressions of Indigenous internationalism are practiced in several different ways by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Turtle Island and globally. Encompassing Indigenous trade relations, diplomatic protocols, treaty arrangements, acts of solidarity and other assertions of self-determining authority, Indigenous internationalism is an emerging area of research that exposes tensions between Indigenous nations and states over border policies and highlights Indigenous relationships that transcend state borders. This institute will examine the ways that Indigenous nations are expressing their relationships to lands and waters through complex diplomacies and forms of engagement, as well as their experiences with state border crossings. Drawing on Indigenous peoples’ perspectives across Turtle Island and beyond, each session will include short lectures, discussion, and an examination of case studies.
Jeff Ganohalidoh Corntassel is a writer, teacher and father from the Cherokee Nation. He is a Professor in Indigenous Studies, and cross-listed Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria. Dr. Corntassel is a Co-Principle Investigator at Borders in Globalization alongside Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and the lead of Pillar 1: Indigenous Internationalism.
This institute can be taken to fulfill requirements for the following streams: